Old Bongo's been up to no good (again), and stirring up trouble again!
On our Facebook sister site Ape Suit Cinema I penned a follow-up on the legendary BS artist
Carmen Nigro....The guy who claimed to have played the giant ape in the 1933 stop-motion classic King Kong. Here for your edification is the write up in it's entirety:
The practice of identifying Gorilla actors has been the mission of Ape Suit Cinema, and sister site Hollywood Gorilla Men for decades. These hard working folks braved the intolerable heat and crushing weight of wearing gorilla suits to delight movie audiences since the beginning of motion picture history. one of the issues that has foiled our attempts time and again, is the amount of misinformation being put out by hoaxers and outright liars....Hollywood wannabe's desperate for a few minutes of fame.
one of the most notorious was a small, unremarkable elderly fellow named Carmen Nigro.
Carmen not only claimed publicly to having played gorillas in all the classics of Ape suit Cinema, ( when they are well documented to have been Crash Corrigan, Charlie Gemora, etc...) , but he upped the ante by claiming to have played the King himself in the 1933 classic, KING KONG !!!
That's right, King Kong! Now King Kong has been documented in numerous books, documentaries, and more magazine articles than I can even list. King Kong was an 18 inch tall, steel, rubber, and rabbit fur stop motion animation puppet in every scene EXCEPT close-ups using full scale mechanical props of his head and shoulders, hand and foot. these were used for chomping, grabbing, and stomping humans respectively.
At no time was the part of Kong ever played by a man in a suit in the 1933 film. Not until 1966's King Kong VS. Godzilla was Kong brought to life by a man in a suit.
But this is exactly what Carmen Nigro would have you believe to hear him tell the tail. Rather than describe his claims myself, you can read it in his own words in the following newspaper articles written at the time of the 1976 Dino DeLaurentis re-make of King Kong...Which actually DID feature a man in a suit...The legendary Rick Baker!
Here for your enjoyment is an epic BS story of Kong like proportions!
A newly discovered photo of Carmen in his ratty Western Costumes gorilla suit
And digitally altered so we can see the awesomeness of Carmen's scary suit with the head on !
The Bob Green article above was challenged by film historians, so Bob doubled down and penned this follow-up